Optimus Reviews

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Optimus Sparky

rated 5 of 5 stars This little igniter works great to light my alcohol stoves. The recommended approach is to dip it in the alcohol, lift about six inches while…
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Optimus Nova+

rated 5 of 5 stars Very easy to use. Very polyvalent. Well built. Very well built product. Will work in all weather. Been using mine for 2 years now. Good cooking…
Optimus Nova+
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Optimus Crux Weekend HE Cook System

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Hot water fast with the heat-exchange system on the bottom pot. What do you get? Crux stove, 0.95-liter Heat Exchange pot, a smaller "fry pan"…
Optimus Crux Weekend HE Cook System
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Great little stove for any trip. Classic design and easy to use. Just bought this after anticipating and contemplating the purchase. I have…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Svea

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great stove. I've had several since buying my first one in 1974. The only problem I've had is the rubber gasket inside the cap drying out. Since…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus 111B

rated 5 of 5 stars Classic design, engineering, and reliability. I cannot add much to the previous review which is very thorough. The 111T burns alcohol, kerosene,…
Optimus 111B
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Optimus 111B

rated 4.5 of 5 stars It is rare in today’s outdoor market for a product to continue with few changes for more than a score of years or even a decade. Stoves are…
Optimus 111B
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Optimus Crux Weekend HE Cook System

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great backpacking stove/pot combo. Stove: Folds flat due to spring loaded mechanism on shaft. This piece is plastic and seems durable for now.
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Optimus Vega Stove

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Best remote canister stove available. Lightweight and easy to set up. No extra pieces to fumble with. When I want a canister stove this is my…
Optimus Vega Stove
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Optimus Nova

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Love mine, but I do have an older model. With a stove, reliability and robustness are my #1 criteria. This stove fits the bill entirely. I should…
Optimus Nova
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Optimus Terra Weekend HE Cookset

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I was able to heat water to a boil in about 1/2 the time as when I used my GSI Dualist pot. Obviously the heat exchanger bottom really works.
Optimus Terra Weekend HE Cookset
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Optimus Elektra FE

rated 4 of 5 stars This stove kit is really nice. It boils water very quickly and with the included fry pan is a very versatile stove. It seems durable and includes…
Optimus Elektra FE
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Optimus Crux Lite With Terra Solo Cook Set

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I was looking at getting a small stove and cook set, rather than dragging my backpack stove out. This stove and cook set is perfect for day…
Optimus Crux Lite With Terra Solo Cook Set
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Optimus Crux

rated 4 of 5 stars Burns hot and folds small at the great price. Bought this stove for an upcoming trip to the Overland Track in Tasmania.  Straight out of the…
Optimus Crux
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Optimus Titanium Folding Spork

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Light multipurpose eating utensil, but watch the lock. I've had one of these for a couple of years. Take a stove, the Optimus Spork and a dehydrated…
Optimus Titanium Folding Spork
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 5 of 5 stars I was in the US Army Special Forces and 82nd Airborne Division from 1980-1987. During that time I carried an Optimus Hiker that I bought in…
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Optimus Crux Lite

rated 5 of 5 stars It weighs 2.3 oz and boils water in 3 minutes flat. What's not to love about this micro stove? So some complain about the lack of flame control…
Optimus Crux Lite
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Optimus Terra Cookset

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A decent cookset for multiple people, if weight is not a primary consideration for you. I bought this set several years ago at a charity auction.
Optimus Terra Cookset
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Optimus Terra Solo Cookset

rated 5 of 5 stars Great solo-sized two pot set for lightweight, compact backpacking. Easily fits a small fuel canister, mini stove, and lighter inside. Nice mesh…
Optimus Terra Solo Cookset
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Optimus Vega Stove

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Optimus Vega is a small, lightweight remote canister stove billed as a high performance four-season stove because of its ability to easily…
Optimus Vega Stove
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Optimus Terra Cookset

rated 5 of 5 stars This is perfect for two-person gourmet cooking. I can pack my svea 123 stove inside along with compact silverware with plenty of room to spare.
Optimus Terra Cookset
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Optimus Crux Lite

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight powerhouse that's small enough to forget it's there. Picked one of these up as an alternative to my alcohol stove for the occasions…
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Optimus Crux Lite

rated 5 of 5 stars This stove is very compact and lightweight. It lights easily and burns consistently. I recommend it for any backpacker who wants to travel light…
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Optimus Crux

rated 5 of 5 stars Great little stove! I've read some people had a hard time with the flame adjustment to simmer, not me. Lights easy, folds down tiny, and flame…
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Optimus Kettle

rated 5 of 5 stars Perfect for my alcohol stove. I have been experimenting with different alcohol stoves and couldn't seem to get my boil times under 8 minutes…
Optimus Kettle
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Optimus Terra Solo Cookset

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great little cookset! Good heat dispersion, non-stick coating and lightweight too. I like this cookset very much, it is currently my cookset…
Optimus Terra Solo Cookset
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Optimus Heat Insulation Pouch

rated 5 of 5 stars Top quality with pockets to keep hands warm while eating. Works very well indeed. Well to start with, I have made all my pot cozies using silver…
Optimus Heat Insulation Pouch
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars The seva 123 is widely known as one of the most reliable stoves ever made and for good reason, they don’t break and most of them are still…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Crux

rated 4 of 5 stars Good tiny stove for boiling water. Got this stove back in 2008 and have used it a bit since. The stove definitely follows a KISS mentality —…
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Optimus Nova

rated 0.5 of 5 stars The stove that will rip you off and let you down — if it doesn't kill you or leave you in the burn unit first. Bought this item online from…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 0.5 of 5 stars I've had two hiker stoves. The first one had a defective pump and was returned to Campmor. The replacement stove was used once. The second time…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 5 of 5 stars A very stable stove that puts out a lot of heat when needed but will simmer too! I have a Nova (NOT plus) and love it so decided to try this…
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Optimus Nova+

rated 0.5 of 5 stars This stove is not reliable. It will break after 3 - 4 uses. My wife is on an 8-week research trip in the Mojave desert with this stove. The…
Optimus Nova+
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Optimus 8r

rated 5 of 5 stars Bullet proof and it will SIMMER! Easy to light. I have 2 of these, both purchased on eBay. They both work great and are easy to light. I prefer…
 
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Simple and almost bullet proof and will SIMMER. Highly recommended. I have 2 of these stoves.  The first I purchased new from an online retailer…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Nova

rated 5 of 5 stars Works great, easy to prime, and IT WILL SIMMER! Used the Nova (NOT Nova+) recently on a winter backpack trip and my stove was the only one in…
Optimus Nova
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars This stove is timeless. There are hundreds of reviews over many forums and throughout the ages. This stove keeps on shining. I would sacrifice…
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Optimus Svea

rated 0.5 of 5 stars This stove and similar were rendered obsolete and retired along time ago for good reasons. This stove and others very similar to it with provisions…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I have the SVEA 123R and bought it in 1977. It still works faithfully. Never had a problem. Due to weight, I'm considering a Nova Plus or MSR…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 1 of 5 stars I previously had a Nova stove for years and decided to get the Hiker as I thought that it would be more stable. Well used it 4 times then she…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought this stove in 1974 for $50. That was a lot back then. But well worth the price. I would say this is the most important part of my hiking/pack…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Nova

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Bought the Optimus Nova two years ago. Have used it on 3 or 4 trips and worked fine. In getting ready for the last trip, the hose coupling…
Optimus Nova
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Optimus Nova

rated 5 of 5 stars Purchased four or five years ago to replace a twenty-year-old MSR XGK — which is still operational, by the way.  In addition to the XGK and…
Optimus Nova
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars How many things do you own that always work as they're supposed to, and always have worked for more than 30 yrs?  Probably not too many. …
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Bought one in 1967 and it has never failed me. I had a love affair with MSR stoves when white gas got hard to find (see my review of the MSR…
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Optimus Titanium Folding Spork

rated 5 of 5 stars This folding titanium spork is my go to utensil in the backcountry. I thought it was flimsy at first, until I realized it locks into place with…
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Optimus Nova

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought mine in 2008 before the big recall and it has served me very well. It is light, efficient, easy to use, easy to fix/service, and takes…
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Optimus Terra Cookset

rated 5 of 5 stars I use this with the optimus crux. I store all my cooking gear inside optimus terra cookset (except for the gas bottle) including 3 sporks,…
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Optimus Crux

rated 4 of 5 stars Great lightweight stove. This thing is tiny and lightweight, when in its little neoprene case it can be carried anywhere (even in the hollow…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars SVEA 123R Rocks. Mine has been through thick and thin for over 30 years and still starts first time. Best comment would be hiking the Grand…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Nova

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought the Optimus Nova stove, only to find a few days before a trip, there was a recall on my stove. To my dismay, I found out my stove had…
Optimus Nova
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Optimus Nova+

rated 2.5 of 5 stars This stove had a pulsing behavior to the flame that we couldn't do anything with on a 70 mile backpacking trip for our whole crew at Philmont…
Optimus Nova+
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars This stove has never failed me. It may be a little heavier than other, newer stoves, but when it counts (like in the winter or other bad weather)…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus 8r

rated 4 of 5 stars I have two of these stove and find them terrific for simmering and boiling. The fuel capacity is a tad limited compared to the Svea 123 and…
 
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I keep searching for this stove at yard sales and on ebay. When I get them home, I completely clean them with a mixture of catsup and vinegar…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 5 of 5 stars I have read all the reviews of this product and found agreement with a few.  I would not call this a backpacker type of stove in this era.
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Simple, cool, classic, and it can simmer like a champ. I use the Snow Peak titanium cup instead of the provided aluminum one, as the Snow Peak…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Fuel Bottle

rated 2 of 5 stars Bottle looked great, loved the "Skittles" green color. This bottle had the newer "child proof" cap that was designed to not come loose without…
Optimus Fuel Bottle
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Optimus Crux

rated 4 of 5 stars Good stove. It is a little loose when 'snapped' into position. This is the only downfall once you have placed a pot on it. Bear in mind you…
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Optimus Svea

rated 4 of 5 stars Great little stove that lasted forever, until I added a windscreen and overpressurized it! I loved this stove and it worked pretty well for…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The stove wants to be CLEAN because at the very end there is a TINY little jet that can clog easily. Initial problems will result if you fail…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars This stove model debuted in 1955, so it isn't 100 years old, despite what you read on the web. People like to obsess over gear weight, but do…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Nova+

rated 5 of 5 stars Optimus Nova Plus I did a lot of research before I bought this stove. I have been a Whisperlite International MSR user for years. It was dependable…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars The stove is brilliant, compact and works every time very well. I have had the stove for several years, though starting it especially for the…
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Optimus Svea

I have had an Optimus svea 123 with the Sigg Tourist cookkit since 1977. It was a gift. I have NEVER been able to get it to work right. Nor…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Crux Lite

rated 4 of 5 stars I thought I would throw my hat in the ring and review this stove since it does not have one yet. Being 16 I'm not a real gear head like my dad…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars This is our second Svea. The first one is still going strong after many years and has been trouble free. I use white gas only. Priming is easy…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Nova

rated 2 of 5 stars The pump cup is leather and you will have problems with it, which will cost you a 30 dollar extra service kit. The pump rod is a soft aluminum…
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Optimus Nova

rated 3 of 5 stars Purchased 1-3-2010. I've practiced using it to make sure it would work. The pump leather was a little too small. Would still pump but had flipped…
Optimus Nova
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Optimus Nova+

rated 3.5 of 5 stars I got this stove due to critical acclaim, which, in retrospect, reflected one time use, and not a long term study. I have had two problems with…
Optimus Nova+
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Optimus Svea

rated 3 of 5 stars This is a good stove and the design has been around for 100 years, but let's face it there are much better choices out there today! The Good:…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Terra Cookset

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I used this set to walk the AT from Duncannon to White River Jct. Just took the teflon ones left the annodized one behind. Set worked great,…
Optimus Terra Cookset
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Optimus Nova

rated 1 of 5 stars I was impressed when I received the stove. It is a work of art. I backpack 3 days a week, or more. I used the stove on two trips and noticed…
Optimus Nova
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I used to use this stove all the time. Loved it when in full time use. I put it a way for about fifteen years and only recently brought it back…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars The recent post inspired me to add my thoughts. The SVEA 123R is the most reliable piece of hiking gear I own. I wanted a single stove for year…
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Optimus Svea

rated 4 of 5 stars Old School: A classic from a time gone by and the best damn 19oz of compact brass you can pack if you want a hot meal and don't mind a bit of…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 5 of 5 stars I had to take mine apart, and blow it out with my garage compressor, because it was giving a very weak pulsing flame. Now it works really great.
Optimus Hiker+
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Will depart Springer Mtn. GA late Feb '10 for Mt. Katahdin. I purchased this stove in 1981 as an instructor in the "Wilderness Skills" program…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 1 of 5 stars Don't waste your time & money! I own 2 Optimus Nova stoves, and thought this would be a good addition. I was extremely disappointed when…
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Optimus Titanium Folding Spork

rated 3 of 5 stars I originally bought the Optimus Spork because it could fold and would fit inside my Snow Peak cook set. At the store the design seemed really…
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Optimus Stella+

rated 4 of 5 stars i love this stove. i bought it with the terra cookset and it fits in the pots perfect. i have used it for about a year now and have had no real…
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Optimus Nova+

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a great stove as far as liquid, multi-fuel stoves go. Let me start by saying I own this stove and the JetBoil cooking system, which…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 1 of 5 stars I felt compelled to seek out and provide a review on Optimus Hiker stove after my recent experience with a brand new unit failed in the first…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I have another multi fuel stove that is very good and has not failed me. I bought this stove because it looked neat, like something a Sherpa…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 3.5 of 5 stars I am not entirely sure why this is called the hiker, this stove is massive and heavy. Looks rugged, I will be taking it kayaking mostly and…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I've used my svea 123 stove several times a year for 38 years, and it has never failed me. All I do is burn it empty at the end of the season,…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought this in 1964 for $9.95 and it was expensive then. It has served me well and I bought several others for use for trips that I have guided.
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Terra Cookset

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Works well with smaller stoves, gripping nicely. Pot handle is good. Bowls are rounded for easy cleaning. One of the bowls in not coated, just…
Optimus Terra Cookset
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Optimus Hiker+

The first one had a leak in the fuel tank and would not pressurise. The second one would burn for 3 mins before sooting up. This happened on…
Optimus Hiker+
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Optimus Svea

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I have had mine since I purchased in new in the early seventies. With only two moving parts (the valve and the needle on the "R" model), it…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I purchased this stove in 1974...for those folks that don't do math, that was 34 years ago. I can't remember how much I paid for it. I used…
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Optimus Crux

rated 5 of 5 stars The five main things I like about this stove is: 1. 12,000 BTU's, 2. The way it folds down & fits into the bottom of your fuel canister,…
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Optimus Nova

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I have had this stove for about three months now and have discovered a very serious problem. In the beginning I chose the Optimus Nova over…
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Optimus Terra Cookset

rated 4 of 5 stars Great product...very well made and the pot warmer, believe it or not works well... cook the food then put it in a bowl and cover...will stay…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Oh, my. It's simple, beautiful, and utterly reliable. Burns almost anything. When's the last time you could call a stove elegant? It's exciting…
Optimus Svea
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Optimus Crux

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Nice and small but the black stove is a older version and has a little shake to it. On top of being small it shakes! The new orange stove -…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I purchased my 1st SVEA 123 in early 80s. Can't remember the price. It is still going strong. After 25 years of use never failed once; Can't…
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Optimus Nova

rated 5 of 5 stars This is my first liquid gas stove that I've bought, and judging by how sturdy this sucker is built it will be my last. It primes fairly quick…
Optimus Nova
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Optimus 8r

rated 4 of 5 stars I currently own a number of vintage Optimus and Primus stoves. I have been around them and used them since the early 70s, camping with my family.
 
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Optimus Nova+

rated 5 of 5 stars A superb stove, probably the best currently available on the market. I began serious backpacking in the 1960s using the Optimus SVEA 123 stove.
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